Deputy Speaker of British House of Lords Dies
LONDON (AP) _ Lord Wells-Pestell, deputy speaker of the House of Lords and a former minister in health and social security, died after a long illness, a Labor Party spokesman said Sunday. He was 80.
His wife, Irene, died suddenly a few hours before him on Thursday. But Wells-Pestell had been unconscious for weeks and was unaware of her death.
The Labor Party member was a sociologist and worked on behalf of delinquents.
As Reginald Alfred Wells-Pestell, he helped found the National Marriage Guidance Council and served on two county councils. He was created a life baron in 1965.
There was no immediate information on any survivors or funeral arrangements.